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A BRIEF HISTORY

OF

ANCIENT, MEDIÆVAL, AND

MODERN PEOPLES

WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THEIR MONUMENTS, INSTITUTIONS,

ARTS, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS

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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES,
FOR SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE READING.

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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF FRANCE, FOR THE USE
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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF GREECE, WITH SELECT
READINGS FROM STANDARD AUTHORS.

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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF ROME, WITH SELECT
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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF ANCIENT PEOPLES,
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BARNES BRIEF HISTORY OF MEDIÆVAL AND

MODERN PEOPLES, FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND
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BARNES BRIEF GENERAL HISTORY, ANCIENT, ME-
DIÆVAL, AND MODERN PEOPLES.

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Copyright, 1883, by A. S. Barnes & Co.

BAR. GEN. HIST.

Printed at
The Eclectic Press
Cincinnati, U. S. A.

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THE plan of the Barnes Brief History Series has been

thoroughly tested in the books already issued, and their extended use and approval are evidence of its general excellence. In this work the political history, which occupies most if not all of the ordinary school-text, is condensed to the salient and essential facts, in order to give room for some account of the literature, religion, architecture, character, and habits of the different nations. Surely, it is as important to know something about Plato as all about Cæsar; to learn how the ancients wrote their books as how they fought their battles; and to study the virtues of the old Germans and the dawn of our own customs in English home-life, as to trace the petty squabbles of Alexander's successors or the intricacies of the Wars of the Roses.

The general divisions on “Civilization” and “Manners and Customs” were prepared by MRS. J. DORMAN STEELE.

The chapters on “Manners and Customs” and “Scenes in Real Life" represent the people of history as men and women subject to the same wants, hopes, and fears as ourselves, and so bring the distant past near to us. The “Scenes," which are intended only for reading, are the result of a careful study of the monuments in foreign museums, of the ruins themselves, and of the latest authorities on the do

mestic life of the peoples of other lands and times. Though intentionally written in a semi-romantic style, they are accurate pictures of what might have occurred, and some of them are simple transcriptions of the details sculptured in Assyrian alabaster, or painted on Egyptian walls.

It should be borne in mind that the extracts here made from “The Sacred Books of the East” are not comprehensive specimens of their style and teachings, but only gems selected from a mass of matter, much of which is absurd, meaningless, and even revolting. It has not seemed best to cumber a book like this with selections conveying no moral lesson.

The numerous cross-references, the abundant dates in parentheses, the blackboard analyses, the pronunciation of the names in the index, the genealogical tables, the choice reading references at the close of each general subject, and the novel "Historical Recreations” in the appendix, will be of service to both teacher and pupil. An acknowledgment of indebtedness in the preparation of this history is hereby made to the works named in the reading references.

It is hoped that a large class of persons who desire to know something about the progress of historic criticism as well as the discoveries resulting from recent archæological excavations, but who have no leisure to read the ponderous volumes of Brugsch, Layard, Grote, Mommsen, Rawlinson, Ihne, Lanfrey, Froude, Martin, and others, will find this little book just what they need.

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